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Shifting home …

This is just to notify anybody who is interested that I have shifted my old “aqualung” and “small pieces” blogs from Typepad to here on a self-hosted WordPress site … I think I’ve cleaned up all the links during the import of old posts, but you might need to be...

Of ice buckets and absent friends

It has become one of the most successful charitable memes, certainly more successful than anticipated. In fact, it could be argued that the whole thing started by accident, but however it started, it currently defines “viral”, to the extent that is has attracted...

#ausvotes 2013

Just like last time, and with as little justification now as then 🙂 , here are my voting intentions for the upcoming Australian Federal election. Lower House (House of Assembly) Three years later, the determining factors are still the same: the National Broadband...

BUPA Challenge Update 6 … The Clock’s ticking!

Only a couple more sleeps, and we’re on … I’m a little surprised that I’m excited at the thought of flogging my body like this 🙂 Today’s ride was a relatively easy 50km down to the beach and back – Tour Down Under certainly has dragged a...

BUPA Challenge Update 5

Well, it’s January now, and we’re less than four weeks away from the BUPA Challenge. Christmas is done, with remarkably little damage to the fitness! As promised, I’ve started throwing in a few more hills (I’m starting to know Lower North East...

BUPA Challenge Update 4

Well that was a bit too long a break – sorry 🙂 I got slowed down a little by another injury – golfing rather than cycling this time! Managed to step into a sprinkler hole leaving the 8th green at Tanunda Pines … you can all stop laughing now. Getting a...

BUPA Challenge Update 3

Couple of easy rides on the weekend – we were a bit pushed for time both days. I took the opportunity to try out the latest addition to our bike fleet: a Fluid Nitro MTB. Second-hand; purchased from a friend who is trading up. He warned me to watch the hydraulic...

BUPA Challenge Update 2

With the crash a couple of weeks ago, and a week in the sun and warmth of Darwin, it’s been a while between rides. We took a gentle ride around the parklands of Adelaide on Sunday; by the time we’d run into a bunch of friends along the way and stopped for...

BUPA Challenge Update 1 (possibly the first of many)

OK – so I’ve decided to ride 92km next January, and the furthest I’ve ridden up until now is about 40km less than that. Time to start work …  Last Thursday I decided to push it a bit on a ride I’ve done before: That’s actually the fastest...

I’m riding in the BUPA Challenge 2013

As part of the Tour Down Under event, there’s an amateur ride over the same course as the professionals ride. Since I started riding regularly, I’ve always had it in the back of my mind that one of the options on this amateur stage was a good target to...